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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Republicans Seek Municipal Candidates

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) is seeking candidates interested in running for the various Westport boards and commissions in November’s local elections.

The RTC’s Municipal Boards Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Board of Finance member Ed Iannone, and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance, an announcement said.

Candidates interested in being interviewed for the Board of Education and Board of Finance should contact Ed Iannone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, June 9.

The RTC’s Land Use Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Planning and Zoning Commission member Jack Whittle and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals.

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05/24/17 06:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

House Dems Say ‘Budgetary Relief’ is the Price of a New Casino

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

If the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want the House to join the Senate in granting them the right to build a casino off tribal lands, they must pay for the privilege and give Connecticut a measure of “budgetary relief,” House Democratic leaders said today.

“The bill that passed the state Senate cannot pass the House as currently written,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford.

The Senate bill imposes a 25-percent tax on gross gaming revenues, but no licensing fee or other upfront payments, a disappointment to House Democrats who were hoping for as much as $100 million in new gambling dollars to help balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said a majority of House Democrats support the expansion of casino gambling, but they believe the state should extract a licensing fee from whomever is granted development rights, whether it is the tribes or their competitor, MGM Resorts International.

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05/24/17 04:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tribes Win Casino Fight in Senate, Face Battle in House

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes early today won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.

The bill that now goes to an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives would allow the tribes to build a casino off I-91 in East Windsor in an effort to blunt the loss of gambling dollars to Massachusetts once MGM opens a gambling resort under construction in Springfield.

“We did what we had to do. We stood up for Connecticut workers,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said shortly before the final vote at 12:35 a.m.

The Senate unexpectedly took up the bill shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a day when MGM intensified its opposition, buying $400,000 in television time to air a commercial saying the state would be forgoing millions of dollars in license fees and other revenue if it cut a no-bid deal with the owners of the tribal casinos.

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05/24/17 01:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It’s Official: Malloy, Unions Have Tentative Concessions Framework

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

After two days of leaks and speculation, state employee union leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a tentative framework to recommend a $1.5 billion concessions framework to member bargaining units.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, comprised of representatives of all worker unions, voted to engage in formal discussions with the Malloy administration — a legal prerequisite to any tentative deal.

The governor’s office announced the tentative framework tonight.

Unions also began to notify their members today through posts on the bargaining units’ websites. And at least one union estimated concessions wouldn’t be voted upon until mid-July, about two weeks after the next fiscal year has begun.

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05/23/17 08:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Democrats Seek Candidates for November Municipal Election

The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) is seeking candidates for November’s townwide municipal races.

Vacancies are available on the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance, the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals, an announcement said.

Those who would like to be considered, know of someone who would be a good fit for one of these boards, or have any questions, are asked to contact DTC Nominations Committee Chair Andrew Nevas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), or DTC Chair Melissa Kane (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) on or before June 1.

Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the Nominations Committee during the month of June, the announcement said.

   

05/23/17 01:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, May 22, 2017

Westporter Off to Become U.S. Senate Page

Ethan Parker, 16, of Westport is off to Washington, D.C. this summer to work as a U.S. Senate page under the sponsorship of New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

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Ethan Parker: passion for politics. Contributed photo

The Greens Farms Academy honor roll sophomore is one of 30 students from across the country who will serve the 100 senators.

His passion for politics goes back to elementary school when he closely followed the 2008 presidential election won by Barack Obama over John McCain.

“I was this 8-year-old kid watching the debates, speeches and party conventions,” Ethan said. “I even had a map that I updated daily, marked with red and blue states, electoral numbers and the candidates.”

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05/22/17 05:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Report: Malloy Near Union Concession Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE The tentative concessions deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and employee unions were closing in on today would double pension contributions for most workers, create a hybrid pension/defined-contribution plan for future workers, and curtail health care benefits for existing retirees.

As more details of the potential deal became available, it was disclosed that the potential deal would save $712.6 million next fiscal year and $849.4 million in 2018-19 — effectively matching the $1.57 billion, two-year savings target Malloy set in February.

The proposed plan, according to a source, would freeze wages for each of the next two fiscal years. Employees, most of whom are working this fiscal year under a contracts that expired last June, also would forfeit any retroactive pay hike.

The cumulative three-year wage freeze, would provide nearly half of the total projected savings. Workers would receive pay hikes of 3.5 percent in 2020 and in 2021.

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05/22/17 11:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Himes: Trump ‘is Not Acting Like an Innocent Party’

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes’  job as a minority member of the House Intelligence Committee usually wasn’t a path to the political spotlight – but all that changed with the election of Donald Trump and allegations his campaign may have colluded with the Russians to influence U.S. elections.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Now Himes is a regular on CNN, MSNBC and other television networks, valued because he voices Democratic concerns about the Russia probe — which Trump derides as a “witch hunt — with a minimum of partisan histrionics.

The House Intelligence Committee, along with its counterpart in the Senate, took the lead in Congress’s investigation of Russian meddling in American politics. But Congress’s involvement in the probe is spreading – the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have begun their own investigations. Congressional investigators are seeking documents and information from Trump consultant Roger Stone, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former NSA chief Michael Kelly and others.

The panels looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia expanded their reach this week and are now also investigating the circumstances under which Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

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05/21/17 09:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, May 18, 2017

At the Legislature, Time is Short — But There’s Time to Kill

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

It’s theater season at the Connecticut General Assembly, a time when all is not what it seems, when some debates are about delivering messages, not making law. Take the debate today in the Senate about bear hunting. Or the one in the House about electing future presidents by the popular vote.

In each case, a legislator was permitted to passionately argue for something controversial — allowing state wildlife officials to use hunting to manage a growing bear population, and electing a president in a new way. Opponents pushed back with equal fervor.

Neither passed. Their fates were pretty much known before each chamber devoted hours to debating them, even though time is quickly running out on the 2017 session. The popular vote bill didn’t get a vote, just a contentious debate.

What, you may wonder, is going on?

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05/18/17 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trump Says Lieberman Front-Runner to Head FBI

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – President Donald Trump said today former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman is his top pick to replace ousted James Comey at the FBI. WestportNow.com Image
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman addresses a 2011 news conference in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Speaking to reporters while meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump said he is “very close” to choosing a new FBI director. When asked if Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, is his favorite choice, Trump said yes.

There has been no official White House announcement of the nomination, but one is expected soon. Trump said he’d like to name Comey’s successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

Trump interviewed Lieberman, 75, Wednesday at the White House.  If his nomination is made official, Lieberman would have to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, then confirmed by the full Senate.

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05/18/17 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Y’s Men Get Westport and Weston Update

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that the state’s fiscal crisis, despite their best efforts, will impact their communities.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today answers a question at the Y’s Men of Westport Weston as Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Both agreed their towns are great places to live and until now somewhat immune to Hartford’s fiscal malaise, but they do not exist in a bubble.

In the group’s annual selectmen state-of-the-towns discussion – this year moderated by WestportNow Associate Editor James Lomuscio—Marpe noted that the Board of Finance Wednesday night left the town’s mill rate unchanged.

“It was five months of hard work, but it felt like five years,” he said. He said “very aggressive” actions by town departments and the school board assumed no revenue from the state.

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05/18/17 03:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe: Social Media Makes His Job Challenging

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel took part in a discussion today before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in which they updated the audience on current issues facing their towns. WestportNow Associate Editor James Lomuscio (r) moderated the talk. Both said their towns were generally in good fiscal shape, but they were concerned about the impact the state’s budgetary problems will have on their towns. Marpe noted that social media has made his job more challenging as it has stepped up expectations of constituents for a quick response to their concerns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

05/18/17 01:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Greeting Next Generation

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Dignitaries were aplenty today at the Saugatuck Congregational Church as Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r), Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel (c), and Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer addressed the Westport-Weston Y’s Men. During a break in the meeting, they took time to greet some of the students at the church’s nursery school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

05/18/17 01:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For Now, Mill Rate Remains the Same

After six arduous months of numbers crunching and uncertainty in the wake of the state’s fiscal crisis, the Board of Finance tonight unanimously kept the tax rate flat for 2017-18.

The mill rate remains the same as it is this year—16.86.

That translates into $16.86 of taxes for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value determined by last year’s revaluation.

But the Board of Finance’s decision came with a sobering caveat.

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05/17/17 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comey and Mueller Longtime Friends

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While still a Westport resident, now former FBI Director James Comey traveled to the White House in June 2013 for President Obama’s announcement of his appointment to succeed Robert Mueller (c). They have been friends for years, including dinners and golf outings, a relationship that analysts said would not please the White House with the Department of Justice announcement tonight that Mueller has been appointed a special counsel to look into the Russia-Trump relationship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

   

05/17/17 06:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trump Turns Coast Guard Address Into a Rally

By Kyle Constable

www.ctmirror.org

New London — For about 15 minutes at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today, President Donald J. Trump delivered the mix of praise, congratulations and acknowledgments traditional in a commencement address.

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President Trump at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today in New London. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kyle Constable for CtMirror.org

Then, with the words, “I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice,” his tone shifted.

By its end, Trump had turned his commencement address into a combination rally and commentary on his present adversity. Much of the audience of about 4,000 people responded with applause after each line, and gave the president a standing ovation as he concluded his remarks.

“Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair,” Trump said. “You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve. … But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.”

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Democrats Would Slash Municipal Aid, Allow Casino, Legalize Pot

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

House and Senate Democrats today recommended opening a new casino, legalizing marijuana, and imposing deep cuts to municipal aid and public colleges and universities to balance the next two-year state budget.

And while their plan begins the process of establishing tolls in future years, it strips transportation reserves in the short term while selling 35 acres in Hartford along the elevated Interstate 84 highway to keep the state’s transportation program afloat.

The Democratic plan consolidates several departments, retains but reduces the public financing program for state elections, and closes an unnamed prison, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Southbury Training School.

Like Malloy, who submitted his latest budget proposal on Monday, the Democratic plan also relies on state employee unions to provide concessions worth $1.57 billion over the next two fiscal years combined.

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05/16/17 03:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, May 15, 2017

Towns Hit Hard in Malloy’s Latest Budget Revisions

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Kyle Constable, and Jake Kara

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today recommended more than $700 million in cuts to municipal aid to help compensate for a $1.5 billion projected decline in state income tax receipts over the next two years.

[Under the revised budget proposal, Westport, which in this fiscal year received $1,673,011 in state aid, would owe the state $4,611,597 in the next year, according to the state Office of Fiscal Analysis.]

The adjustments Malloy proposed to the $40.6 billion, two-year budget he first unveiled on Feb. 8 also would add about $80 million in annual tax hikes to the $600 million in new yearly revenue recommended three months ago.

Most of the increase comes from boosting the real estate conveyance tax, though the governor also recommended ending the sales tax exemption on nonprescription drugs and imposing certain restrictions on business tax credits.

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05/15/17 01:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Positive Results From Bond Sale; Aaa Rating Reaffirmed

Town of Westport officials today announced positive results from a $6.9 million bond sale.

The sale, which occurred May 9, yielded competitive interest rates on the strength of solid reviews from Moody’s Investors Service, an announcement said.

“I am very pleased that our bonds were in such a high demand,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe. “These great results will keep our debt service costs, and the burden on the taxpayers, as low as possible.”

The town received a total of eight bids on the bonds with Fidelity Capital Markets submitting the winning bid. Fidelity beat out firms such as Roosevelt & Cross, J.P. Morgan Securities, Janney Montgomery Scott, and FTN Financial Capital Markets, among others, the announcement said.

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05/15/17 10:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, May 12, 2017

CT Takes Another Credit Rating Hit on Wall Street

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s status on Wall Street took another hit today when a major credit rating agency downgraded the state’s bond rating — a move that could lead to higher borrowing costs.

The downgrade by Fitch Ratings Inc., from A+ to AA-, comes about one month after Treasurer Denise L. Nappier warned the General Assembly to adopt a new approach to borrowing or risk slipping further in the credit rating.

It marks the fourth time Connecticut has faced a downgrade since May of last year. Fitch and S&P Global Ratings downgraded the state at that time, while Kroll Bond Rating Agency did so just two months later.

The fourth major rating agency, Moody’s Investors Service, hasn’t downgraded the state in recent years, but has given Connecticut a “negative” outlook, meaning its financed are being closely watched. Such outlooks often are a harbinger of a future downgrade.

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05/12/17 05:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Frosty Friday for Malloy, GOP Over $350M in Borrowing

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The battle to balance Connecticut’s budget spilled over onto its credit card today at the Bond Commission, where the prospect of more borrowing sparked what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called one of his “weirder” confrontations with legislators.

Malloy and two Republican legislators who sit on the commission, Sen. Scott Frantz of Greenwich and Rep. Chris Davis of Ellington, sparred over the necessity for hundreds of millions of dollars in approved borrowing.

The commission gave the green light to borrowing $350 million for a wide range of construction, economic development and other initiatives. [The Westport Library received $1 million for its renovation project. See separate story.] Davis voted against each item, but Frantz refused to verbally cast a vote, saying the commission’s clerk knew his feelings.

It also directed Treasurer Denise L. Nappier to sell more than $1.5 billion in bonds on Wall Street to finance previously approved projects.

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05/12/17 02:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Malloy Would Empty Reserve, Cut Local Aid to Close Deficit

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled a plan that relies on one-time revenue sweeps, withholding $19 million in municipal aid, dozens of small agency cuts, and draining the state’s reserves to close the roughly $390 million gap in current state finances.

The plan, which was prompted by a huge drop in anticipated state income tax receipts in April, effectively concedes Connecticut will close its third successive fiscal year in deficit.

It also means the state probably will enter the upcoming two-year budget on July 1 with little or nothing in its Rainy Day Fund. [Westport’s state aid would be cut by $8,874, according to the Office of Policy and Management.]

The plan “requires actions we would all prefer to avoid,” Malloy wrote in a letter to legislative leaders, the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis and Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

CT Lawmakers Call for Special Prosecutor After Comey Firing

By Claude Albert

www.ctmirror.org

Stunned members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation today joined demands for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 election after President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.

“The need for a special prosecutor is now crystal clear,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “President Trump has catastrophically compromised the FBI’s ongoing investigation of his own White House’s ties to Russia.

In describing the gravity of Trump’s action, Blumenthal conjured memories of President Richard Nixon’s firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.

“Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened, and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken,” Blumenthal said.

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05/09/17 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comey’s Journey to FBI Director Began in Westport

The fast-track journey to the FBI director’s job for James Comey —- fired late today by President Trump —- began almost four years ago when he was a Westport resident.

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Jim and Patrice Comey hold hands as “God Bless America” is sung at his October 2013 installation ceremony as FBI director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) C-SPAN photo

That was when the rumors became public that President Obama would be appointing him to the job. There had been rumors two years earlier, too, but Congress extended Robert Mueller’s job by two years.

Comey had moved to Westport in 2010, buying a three-acre, seven-bedroom home at 6 Westway Road in the Greens Farms section for $3,050,000. He had just taken a position with Westport-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as general counsel.

He had left that job in 2013 and was teaching at Columbia Law School when he traveled from his Westport home in early May that year to meet with the president at the White House to discuss the job, The New York Times reported at the time.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Coalition Meets on Planning Issues

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Members of the Coalition For Westport, a minority party that touts responsible growth as its goal, meet at Westport’s VFW Post to discuss and formulate policy on forthcoming land use issues, according to a news release. The Planning and Zoning Commission is planning to give an update on the 2017 Plan of Conservation & Development at its next meeting — one of the issues the Coalition considers to be of significant importance to the future of Westport, it said. Coalition members pictured include (l-r) Howard Lathrop, Glenn Payne, Roger Leifer, Jo Ann Davidson, Ron Corwin, Lawrence Weisman, Ken Bernhard, Julie Belaga, Gloria Stashower, and Denise Torve. The party unsuccessfully ran candidates in the last P&Z election in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/03/17 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

House Speaker: Deficit Too Great to Rule Out Income Tax Hike

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

While insisting they remain very sensitive to the economic risks posed by another state income tax increase, House Speaker Joe Aresimowitz, D-Berlin, said today he would not rule out another hike — including one on wealthy households — given the massive deficits projected for state finances.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin also urged other lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to focus first on a plan to stabilize state finances over the long term.

“I still refuse to enter the negotiations taking anything off the table,” Aresimowicz said, noting that neither party nor branch of government has offered a plan to date that comes close to solving the budget crisis.

A new forecast released Monday, driven largely by eroding state income tax receipts, warned Connecticut will have nearly $1.5 billion less to spend over the next two fiscal years than originally anticipated.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

RTM OKs $78.39 Million Town Budget

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approved a $78.39 million town budget for 2017-18 — a 2.5 percent decrease from the current year.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe addresses tonight’s RTM budget session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Passage followed five months of cost cutting efforts and fiscal uncertainty due to the state’s fiscal malaise.

The town budget, combined with the proposed Board of Education’s $113,987,346 budget set to be voted on by the RTM Tuesday night, would keep the mill rate level, said Michael Rea, vice chairman of the Board of Finance, who presented the town budget.

There was the caveat, however, that if more state cuts come in September, there could be a tax increase in the fall.

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05/01/17 11:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

CT’s Tax Revenue Plunge Bottoms Out at $1.5B

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s latest budget nightmare became reality today.

Analysts for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis downgraded anticipated revenues for the next two fiscal years by $1.46 billion — nearly $600 million next fiscal year and $865 million in 2018-19 — largely because of eroding income tax receipts.

Projected revenues now fall $2.2 billion, or 11.3 percent, short of the funding needed to maintain current services in 2017-18. And with the potential deficit swelling to $2.7 billion, or 13.6 percent, in 2018-19, the biennial shortfall approaches $5 billion.

Further complicating matters, revenues for the current fiscal year are $413 million below anticipated levels. This pushes state finances more than $380 million in the red and threatens to deplete the $236 million in the emergency budget reserve with less than nine weeks remaining before June 30.

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05/01/17 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 28, 2017

Malloy Says He May Need GOP Votes to Pass a Budget

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who intends to revise his budget proposal next week to address falling income-tax receipts, today expressed doubt about the prospects of passing a budget in the closely divided General Assembly without the votes of some Republicans.

The Democratic governor is tentatively scheduled to meet next week with legislative leaders of both parties, who are trying to find a way to balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and will shape the fight for control of the General Assembly in 2018.

“I’m ready, willing and able to speak with the leaders. The leaders are going to have to play a leadership role,” Malloy said. “Republicans are probably going to have to vote for a budget for the first time in 10 years. So, there’s a lot of work to be done.”

The expectation of GOP votes likely reflects Malloy’s belief that passage of a budget that relies more on deep spending cuts than tax increases is not possible with only Democratic votes.

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04/28/17 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joe Ganim to Explore the Limit of Second Chances

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

With the formation of an exploratory committee for governor, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim is about to test the notion of whether Democrats statewide are as forgiving as voters in Connecticut’s largest city.

Ganim, 57, faces the task of not only convincing Democrats he is not the same man who quarterbacked a $500,000 shakedown scheme after his election as mayor years in 1991, but that a redemption narrative can sell in a state that seems in an unforgiving mood when it comes to its politicians.

In a telephone interview, Ganim said there are no secrets in his biography, which includes a conviction of 16 corruption counts that forced him from office in 2003 after a dozen years as mayor. He was released from prison in 2010.

“There’s no news there,” he said.

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